Behold the Dreamers

“Behold the Dreamers” by Imbolo Mbue (Cameroon)

Review

An easy read was the overarching first impression of this book. Readers agreed that the story flowed well and they had no difficulty finishing it. They warmed quickly to most of the protagonists and liked the fact that they were all flawed on some level. Readers felt that the way the author portrayed the immigrant experience rang true. However, although some events felt credible, others felt somewhat contrived as if they were based solely on the author’s imagination and desire to move the plot forward. Readers liked the descriptions of New York and the contrast between the different lifestyles of the two families. They particularly enjoyed the passages with the children who they felt were pivotal in the development of the story. Overall, it averaged a 7.2 out of 10.

Synopsis

New York, 2007. After two long years apart, Jende Jonga has brought his wife Neni from Cameroon to join him in the land of opportunity. Drawn by the promise of America they are seeking the chance of a better life for them and their son… Read more

Nicola’s Book Club reading list 

Season 21 (Oct 2017 – Mar 2018)
“Embers” by Sandor Marai (Hungary)
“Human Acts” by Han Kang (South Korea)
“Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea (Mexico)
“Lyrics Alley” by Leila Aboulela (Sudan) *
“Shantytown” by César Aira (Argentina)

Extra book:
“Behold the Dreamers” by Imbolo Mbue (Cameroon)

* The book club favourite
In italics, Nicola’s Coup de Cœur

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